sagittarius ☼ // aquarius ☽ // libra ↑
welcome to my brain.
hi! i’m tess. i use she/her pronouns & i live in minneapolis, minnesota. i’m a proud queer, cis woman. here is the music i’m listening to right now.
i was born & raised in a southern suburb of minneapolis. my town didn’t have a high school, so i attended the school in the town over. i graduated in 2015, & packed my bags for denver, colorado.
some of my favorite things are singing in an a cappella group, watching the sun set, drinking gin in a karaoke dive bar, long road trips, religious history, mochi on soft serve, espresso & a journal in a cafe, walking for hours, spicy food, food sustainability, the field of feminist studies, & five-dollar movie theaters.
some things i’m working on are being more flexible, being okay with unexpected change, & recognizing that the world is bigger than how i see it.
i’ve lived probably a million lives. i’ve been a unitarian universalist, an evangelical christian, & a co-facilitator of a spirituality group. i’ve been a theatre kid, a wannabe politician, & i dreamed of being an olympic swimmer, once upon a time. i’ve been a barista, a waitress, a nanny, a wedding dress consultant, a bottle girl, a knife salesman, a personal care assistant, a preschool teacher, a music teacher, a political canvasser, a doll hairstylist, a data entry assistant, & a grant writer.
five years ago, my five-year plan was to marry a youth pastor & be his worship-leading wife, planting churches internationally. needless to say, that did not happen. praise the fucking lord.
i have a degree in individualized studies, with specializations in religious studies; gender, women, & sexuality studies; & human health & wellness from the university of minnesota – twin cities, class of 2020. i also attended the university of denver, where i was an international studies major on the human rights track, & then a religious studies major. i then went to st. catherine university in st. paul, minnesota, where i was a social work major. i also did a gap year in there, where i went to india for a month, worked full-time as a barista, & then bought a one-way ticket to europe, where i spent three months backpacking solo.
one could say i am indecisive (it’s the libra rising ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).
in addition to europe & india (& guatemala on three mission trips in high school – i have some thoughts about these trips i have yet to share), i’ve also spent three months in the middle east, backpacking turkey, lebanon, jordan, & egypt, solo. the usa i’ve seen less of – i’ve been to twenty-two countries and sixteen states.
i grew up in a family of writers, & it’s been a passion of mine for the entirety of my life. i write music, spoken word pieces, short-form poetry, etc etc etc. for a while, i fancied myself to be a ~blogger~; needless to say, i am not one (what makes someone a blogger?). i sort of write, irregularly, about a million different things: travel, wellness, ethical living, spirituality, indecisiveness. hard things. for a while i was really into weightlifting, & i wrote a lot about that, then. i write with a whole lot of honesty. why sugarcoat my life?
wanna learn & explore with me?
let’s get to it.